We had lots of information appear last night, most of it while I was away from a computer. So we get a day late post, but with some thoughts on the info we have so far! Hopefully we can confirm much of this info at Toy Fair (assuming Hasbro does in fact send an invite to their event), but given the sources, we can assume that much of it is true.
Much credit has to be given to u/UtterTravesty and u/YoBoyJuicyJake on Reddit for perusing the Everest Toys website and finding the entries. One unique quirk of the toy wholesaler’s website is that searching for terms like Rival and Nerf tends to drag up pages that aren’t yet listed on the main website – meaning that unless something changes, the entries are actual, upcoming items.
It’s that time again! In the name of shameless self promotion and handing out cool stuff, we have two quality blasters to giveaway – the Adventure Force Hypershot and Hyperspin. You may recognize them as the Xshot Recoil/Pulse/Kickback and the Xshot Xcess, just with differently-colored plastic. One person will be receiving both of them!
As I’ve reviewed earlier, they’re solid pistol-format blasters, that work well with any .50″ foam ammo type. Even if I personally wish that Zuru would cease using the “Blasterhub Dart Range Test Winner” badges on their packaging. (Yes, Zuru, that testing is several years old now, and the Adventure Force/Dart Zone Sureshot darts are the best darts currently on store shelves.)
Entry is simple: Go to the contest post on our Facebook page, comment on the post, and annoy a friend by tagging them in it! The winner will be chosen at random from the main-level comments (as opposed to replies to comments).
Winners are sadly limited to the United States, as this is still a limited operation with limited funds. Contest will end this Saturday (01/26/19) at 8pm EST, with a winner announced shortly after, both on here and on the Facebook page. One entry per person, multiple comments will not increase odds of winning. Winner will be contacted in order to get mailing info.
Zuru tends to occupy the less expensive spectrum of foam flinging, from small pistols like the Reflex 6 and Xcess to larger platforms like the Regenerator and Turbo Advance. However, there’s an area around the $20 mark that’s mainly occupied by box sets of smaller blasters, and not a midsize blaster. The Turbo Fire fits that niche, offering both twenty shots and slam-fire capabilities. However, it has some issues with the “slam-fire” mode, which make it slightly less useful (but that’s easily fixed). Overall, though, it’s still a nice blaster that may be worth a look.
With a new year comes new blasters! And it looks like Nerf has decided to expand the lineup of leaks with a brand new line of foam-flingers!
These images via Facebook show what appear to be new Rival Edge themed repaints including the Helios and the Kronos, while also showing us a sneak peek at what seems to be a brand new lineup of N-strike blasters dubbed the Alpha Strike line. So far, that line up includes the Lynx 50-1 & Stinger 50-1, the Tiger and Wolf blasters. While the images do not provide the full box art, it does give us a glimpse of what these blasters can do.
As of writing, not much is known about these blasters or the line itself other then the images below. Full credit goes to Valour Lionheart for the finds!
Along with these new blasters come some more familiar faces rocking a brand new paintjob as well as some new accessories! Featuring a brand new x30 round HIR drum mag with the Helios and a Holster for the Kronos. I for one am very intrigued to get my hands on that new drum!
To finish it up, what are your thoughts on this new line and the new Rival accessories? Do you think this is Hasbro trying to cash in on Zuru/X-shot’s success with blasters like the Vigilante? What do you think about the new 30 round Rival Drum? Leave your thoughts and comments down below! More images are surely to come so stay tuned for an update when we receive new information!
Also, You might notice this *isn’t* Buffdaddy making this post! I will be making a formal introductory post in the near future, but wanted to get this post out there as it was press off the press. I will strive to make better quality content for all you lovely nerfers here soon 🙂
We are now on the fourth iteration of the Alpha Trooper, following the original N-Strike version, the blue Elite upgrade, and the orange “XD” version. In this case, it’s now the Accutrooper (never mind that Alpha Trooper is still in the blaster molding). It’s the same as the old version, with only a few small changes. It also features a 25 dart drum and a new stock, all for $40. And it’s still a great starting blaster (but this time, exclusively at Walmart).
Due to the highly subjective nature of this post, I’m specifically creating an “Opinion” category. Coincidentally, it also opens up potential future posts from outside writers about issues in foam flinging in general. For now, though, I’ll attempt to keep things relatively light.
The RevReaper is leaving shelves, after a seemingly solid run in stores. It offered a unique take on flywheel blasters not seen since the days of the Buzzsaw or Gyrostrike – human-powered flywheels. It also somehow got past me completely in terms of reviews – I’ve used it a lot, modded mine to shoot harder, and yet I never actually posted a review. Seeing as it’s a bit late to review an item on clearance, I’ll instead just examine my experiences with it and the general reactions.